Royal British Legion stalwart caught drink-driving ‘will never drive again’

A Derbyshire motorist, who told a court he runs a local branch of the Royal British Legion, has admitted to drink-driving.

Alan Blockley said since being caught he has sold his car, bought a bike and does not want his licence back.

The 60-year-old, of Melbourne, even turned down the opportunity of having his road ban shortened by telling magistrates in Derby he does not want to take a drink-drive awareness course.

His hearing was told how a police community support officer spotted him behind the wheel of his vehicle and suspecting he was over the limit called for uniformed officers.

They arrived at the defendant’s home and a breath test showed him to be almost three times the legal limit.

Blockley was asked by legal advisor Anthony O’Dowd at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court, to explain why he committed the offence.

Defending himself, he replied: “I know what I did was off the cuff, we were having a party at home and I’d had a few drinks.

“We run the Melbourne Royal British Legion between us and my step-daughter was struggling to get home.

“I said ‘I will go and pick her up.’

“I know what I did was wrong, I am very sorry.

“I have sold the car, I don’t intend to drive ever again, I have got myself a push bike and I have sold the car, I am ever so sorry, I don’t want my licence back.”

The hearing was told how Blockley was tested at his home address shortly after 10pm on July 10 this year.

After failing the first test, he took a second evidential test and blew 95 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35.

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Blockley, of Penn Lane, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for two years, fined him £120 and ordered he pay £85 prosecution costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

After offering him the drink-drive awareness course, which if he passed would reduce the ban by 25%, Blockley replied: “I don’t want to take it, I don’t see the point, I am not going to drive again.”

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